Black Panther 2: Why Chadwick Boseman wasn’t recast

“The world is still processing the loss of Chad. and [director] Ryan [Coogler] poured that into history.”

The memory of Chadwick Boseman lives on in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

The sequel, slated to premiere in theaters November 11, comes out more than two years after Boseman’s death in August 2020 from colon cancer. Boseman portrayed titular MCU superhero King T’Challa. While a fan petition with over 60,000 signatures called for Marvel to honor the late actor and character by recasting the role, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige addressed why Wakanda Forever chose to go full-on Black Panther waive.

“It just felt like it was way too early for a rewrite,” Feige told Empire Magazine. “Stan Lee always said that Marvel represents the world outside your window. And we’ve talked about how, as extraordinary and fantastic as our characters and stories are, there’s a relatable and human element to everything we do. The world is still processing the loss of Chad. and [director] Ryan [Coogler] let that flow into the story.”

The first trailer for Wakanda Forever shows the fictional nation mourning the loss of King T’Challa.

Feige continued, “The conversations were all about, yeah, ‘What do we do next?’ And how could the legacy of Chadwick – and what he had done to help Wakanda and the Black Panther become these incredible, ambitious, iconic ideas – survive? That’s what it was about.”

Boseman’s Black Panther co-star Lupita Nyong’o told Empire she was “terrified” of returning for the Black Panther sequel. “Ryan walked me through the film when Chadwick was alive. And when we lost him, the thought that we could move on was just unbelievable for me,” said the Oscar winner. “[But] What Ryan ended up sharing with me was just so absolutely real and beautiful. By the end I was in tears.”

Nyong’o added earlier this year that the film “feels right spiritually and emotionally” following Boseman’s death. “Hopefully I look forward to getting back together and honoring what he started with us and holding his light through it,” Nyong’o said. “Because he has left us much light in which we will still bathe. I know it exactly.”

Director Ryan Coogler previously said that writing Wakanda Forever without Boseman is a “profound” experience, while “part of it has to be keeping this project going without this specific person who’s like the glue that holds it together.” held it together”.

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Lindsay Lowe

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